Tempests + BFD = Hum

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  1. Mark Wilson

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    Well, I just installed the BFD today and now I'm getting quite a bit of hum from my subs.

    My setup is as follows.

    Nad T752 to BFD (DSP 1124) to either a plate amp or a stereo amp.

    When the subs are calibrated to a 'proper' volume (around the same dB as the mains) I can hear both the subs from listening position.

    (The T752 has dual sub outs, so I'm using both inputs/outputs on the BFD)

    I'm using 1/4" TRS connectors on the BFD, but I am using a different brand of cable from the receiver to the BFD and to the amps. (Cheap RCA cables from the receiver to the BFD then coax digital cables from the BFD to the amps.)

    If I increase or decrese the sub output on the receiver, it doesn't effect the hum at all. If I apply a filter at 63 Hz on the BFD and increase the gain, it does effect the volume of the hum. Also if I increase the volume on either of the amps, it increases the hum.

    If I go direct from the receiver to either of the amps, the hum is mainly eliminated, your ear needs to be right up against the sub.

    I am using -4 volt setting on both channels of the BFD.

    I've plugged the BFD into a different circuit, and it didn't effect the hum any.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    from the snap bug page

     
  3. Mark Wilson

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    Sorry, I meant I am using the -10 volt settings.
     
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  5. Mark Wilson

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    Haven't tried a cheater plug on any of the devices yet. They usually sold at general hardware stores?

    Thanks.

    Anything else I should pick up on my way home today?
     
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    Yes, they cost around $1 or so (like at a Home Depot).
     
  7. Mark Wilson

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    Awesome awesome AWESOME.

    I unfortuantly couldn't find any cheater plugs in town, as they've been outlawed by the CSA (Canadian Sales Association) So I ripped the ground pin off. Bye bye hum. I can jack the volume as loud as I want on the amps and hear absolutly no hum. You guys rule, thanks!
     

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